Ocean swim will ?break records
By GREG WHITE
CHIEF organiser Mick Maley has no doubt more records will be broken in next year's Coffs Coast Ocean Swims.
Speaking at the event launch held in conjunction with naming rights sponsor Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Maley revealed participation figures had increased with every staging.
"This will be the sixth successive year the event's been held and each time there's been a sharp increase in numbers," Maley said.
"Ocean swims have a cult following with people travelling all over the country to take part.
"If they have a good time the message spreads and more swimmers are encouraged to enter.
"There are 20,000 ocean swimmers in Sydney alone so imagine how quickly we'd grow if they arrived en masse?"
The event will be held on Sunday, February 25, next year around Jetty Beach and is the second in the North Coast Ocean series comprising the South West Rocks and Yamba swims.
The course choices are for 600 metre and 2000 metre, plus the 250 metre Coffs Coast Advocate charity swim.
"In the charity swim we'll do three random draws of $500 each and donate the money to the cause or school of the winners choice," Maley said.
"Anybody 10 years or over is eligible."
The event has raised more than $75,000 for local surf life saving clubs and local Rotary projects involving children.
"All the sponsors have backed up again and Minder have come on board with a large contribution," Maley said.
"If sponsors have that much faith in us we have to be on the right track."
Novotel Pacific Bay have supplied the major award of a holiday package to Sofitel Resort in Fiji including air fares from Kelly Travel. Maley said one major change has been made to eligibility to win the main prize.
"Until now you needed to enter both swims to be included but now you are in the draw for either swim," he said.
"Enter both and you now have two chances."
Nomination forms are available from all local swimming pools, Novotel Pacific Bay Resort or on the event web site www.coffsoceanswims.com